I, too, have an ancestral connection to Kopyl -- sort of.
I have very little documentation for my KIRZNER grandfather and his family. In some U.S. documents he is listed as coming from Kletsk, a town about 20 miles (~32km) SW of Kopyl as the bird flies. Family stories put his family on an orchard/farm outside of town. I have slender information that this farm was in the direction of Kopyl, so I'm working on the theory that the family farm was about half-way between the two towns, and the family had connections to both towns. Any KIRZNERs in Kopyl
A second mystery: I'm also searching for a Jewish community in the same vicinity, based on a clue in the story of some refugees fleeing west to Kletsk in about 1924. At that time, there was a roughly north-south running border between Kopyl and Kletsk. They crossed secretly, at night, and struggled through the swamps along the border. They stopped at a synagogue just after crossing the border, then proceeded to Kletsk. Was there a Jewish community in that area? Contemporary Polish maps don't show any candidates -- but the maps often omit synagogues.
Maybe someone descended from Kopyl knows, or can put me on the right path. Anyone?
Thanks in advance!
Wysokie-Litewskie: ZUBOV (or variant), GRYNFELD
Salem, Oregon USA